Part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

A vibrant and dynamic first school, educating children since 1832.


Our Staff





I am delighted to be able to welcome you to our lovely school. St Mary’s has been educating children from the Hexham community since 1832 and is part of the Heavenfield Partnership.

When a child joins our school they become a part of the St Mary’s family. We pride ourselves on our nurturing approach, caring for our pupils and their families in our friendly, secure and happy environment. In St. Mary’s we seek to create an inclusive community where everybody is valued. We are a dedicated school team who are all committed to ensuring the best outcomes for every one of our pupils; we all work incredibly hard ensuring that our children enjoy their learning and achieve well.

Mrs S Oakes


Our Values

Our school reflects British values in all that it does. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the wider world.

At St. Mary’s Catholic First School we aim to ensure that our values align closely with British values and through these our pupils will become productive citizens of modern Britain. These values are threaded throughout school life and evident in pupils’ behaviour in all areas.


We send out letters and newsletters on a regular basis to keep parents up to date with school decisions and progress.

At St Mary's, we keep our parents, carers and families informed about upcoming events and celebrations of our children's successes. We regularly publish a newsletter, which is sent out electronically to all of our parents and is made available on this page. We also use Social media to share the very latest events, learning and religious celebrations that take place within our school.

Latest News

Celebration of the Word

Reception were fantastic during their Celebration of the Word to celebrate International Day of Dance this morning. We are so proud of how the children danced and spoke on the microphone. It was fantastic to see how much they have developed in confidence during this academic year!

Economic Wellbeing

In PSHE, year 3 have been learning about ‘Economic Wellbeing’ our lesson this week was all about budgeting. The children were set a task of planning a class party with a budget of £20, they had to decide which items to buy as they did not have enough money to buy them all. This lesson […]

Year of Prayer-‘Our father’ Prayer Station

The children have been learning that 2024 has been designated a ‘Year of Prayer’ by Pope Francis, in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year ‘Pilgrims of Hope’. This month, the children are having the opportunity to go back to the very basics of prayer in focusing on the ‘Our Father’, taking part in some creative […]